As the thumping heartbeat of Italy's commercial and industrial center, Milano is an electric yet historic city that captivates tourists, residents, and businesses alike. The stunning backdrop of the Alps contrasts with modern buildings of this growing metropolis. A mixture of art and business, Milan is truly a world-class juxtaposition of beauty and power. There are about 1.3 million people in the city proper, but the urban center has nearly 5.3 million which makes it one of Europe's most populous areas. Home to Italy's stock exchange, as well as 45 percent of Lombardy's businesses, Milan flexes its capacity for industry. However, it also has a deep-rooted history in music, art, nightlife, and architecture. With a spectacular location between the Alps and the Po River, our many Milan vacation rentals provide the perfect home base for your next Italian adventure!
Italy is home to countless priceless works of art and UNESCO World Heritage sites and Milan is no exception! The famous Leonardo DaVinci painting "The Last Supper" is located in Santa Maria delle Grazie, along with many other DaVinci pieces. Pinacoteca di Brera is another fantastic gallery with world-renowned artworks that many people may only see once in a lifetime.
Filled with beautiful buildings and incredible architecture, the centerpiece of the city is thought to be the Milan Cathedral (or "the Duomo", as locals call it). As the fifth-largest church in the world, this Duomo is truly something worth visiting - it took 500 years to complete! La Scala is world-renowned as one of the best opera houses. In operation since 1778, you can still see opera showcases and performances today at this historical theater.
Especially in the financial, commercial, and industrial sectors, Milan is well-known for the power and influence that it has on the world stage. Besides its muscle in business, this city is home to a creative crowd that specializes in the arts and history. Regarded as a fashion capital on par with the likes of London, Paris, and New York, Milan is a fantastic place to shop. Head to Piazza del Duomo, Via Manzoni, or Corso Vittorio Emanuele II to peruse some of the best shopping districts in the world or set your dates around the Milan Fashion Week. Offering everything from exclusive designer stores to more affordable markets, you'll be able to pick up a souvenir or two during your stay!
A city known for it's opulence, Milan manages to maintain charming outdoor options so you can easily explore without spending a fortune. Milano is especially accessible via bicycle - rent out some two-wheel keys to freedom from one of the many outfitters in town and grab a map to see its gems! There are many open, green spaces where you can spend the day relaxing - football (soccer to Americans) games are almost always happening in Sempione Park and "The Arch of Peace" provides splendid background or shade to hang out in. The Montanelli Gardens in northeast Milan are lovely and are home to both the Natural History Museum of Milan and a planetarium.
Thanks to its incredible location between the Italian Alps and the Po River, our Milan vacation rentals offer easy access to a number of exquisite cities and natural landmarks. Don't worry about renting a car - many of these sites can be visited by train! Head to Milano Centrale station and make your way north towards some of Italy's most postcard-worthy features. Lake Como, Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore, and the other sparkling blue waters of the great lakes are easy day trips from here. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the countryside, you won't regret spending your time amongst the towering mountains and pristine shorelines.
The rustic villages and nearby cities also make for wonderful places to visit and offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of the thriving metropolis. Pavia is just 22 miles away and holds significant history as the one-time capital of the Italian peninsula. Cremona has a special claim to the "birthplace of the violin." Explore the seemingly endless local culinary options of Bergamo, Parma, and Brescia, which all have their unique takes on the delicious Lombardy delicacies of Risotto and Osso Bucco.
Whether for fashion and business or natural beauty, this area is a popular destination year-round. Regardless of what brings you to Italy, you'll appreciate that our Milan vacation rentals have a convenient location near all that Northern Italy has to offer. Whatever way you choose to enjoy your ?tempo,? everything from the sublime mountaintops in the distance to the delectable food on your plate will keep you satisfied!
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